Mauritius Confronts UK’s Land Claim on Remote Island Chain

by admin on September 12, 2018

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The tiny East African island nation Mauritius is challenging Britain’s right to the Chagos Islands, an extremely small and remote island chain in the Indian Ocean.

Mauritius officials have taken the case to International Court of Justice, in hopes that the UN’s highest court will side with them on the matter.

The delegates from Mauritius argue that Britain gained control of the Chagos Islands in an act of extortion, making the Mauritian government give up their right to the island chain in return for their own sovereignty.

The majority of UN nations agree that Mauritius are the true owners of the Chagos Islands but the US, Israel, and Australia are expected to vote in favor of England.

For over 50 years, the US has maintained a major military base on Chagos’ largest island, Diego Garcia.

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